My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I LOVED this book.
I loved everything about it — the Chicago setting, the characters I couldn’t stop thinking about even once I’d finished the book, the clever way the story is laid out. Niffenegger managed to take what could have been an average run-of-the-mill love story and turned it into a story that keeps you thinking “ok, just one more section,” way after your bedtime.
The book made me laugh (both through situational humor and charming writing style) and cry (I’m not going to spoil anything here). Niffenegger’s characters are so real that they feel like family. Throughout the book, you will share in their triumphs and your heart will break at their tragedies. While the book contains an element of the supernatural (there really is literal time travel. It’s not just a figurative element), it is written like any good true-to-life story, and Niffenegger does a good job making that supernatural element believable in her real-world setting. She approaches real-world problems associated with the brand of time travel from which the main character suffers and offers real-world solutions, some of them unhappy, to her readers.
This book is a must-read before you see the movie. It’s a must-read if you’ve already seen the movie. If you like a good story that sticks with you long after the last page, then definitely pick up Time Traveler’s Wife.